Restaurants -> Full Bar

  • Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

    www.agualindarestaurant.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Full Bar, Catering, Outside Seating, Delivery. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: A family owned and operated establishment. The Prince Avenue location has one of the most popular outdoor patios in Normaltown. Menu: A large menu extends beyond the most popular Mexican dishes to include many tough-to-find-elsewhere authentic items. A server always greets you at your table with three fresh salsas and complimentary chips. Plenty of tacos, tortas, fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and burritos. Signature dishes include the chiles rellenos, chimichanga, chalupas, flautas and tostadas de camaron. For dessert, order flan, sopapilla or churros. Cool off with a traditional horchata, tamarindo or Jamaica agua fresca. Drinks: Plenty of tequilas and a variety of margaritas. Several Mexican beers to choose from, too.

  • Allgood Lounge

    www.allgoodlounge.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating. The Look: Large two-story space with exposed brick walls, tall wooden booths and three different bars. Up the spiral staircase, you'll find a second full bar near a row of pool tables and a tiki bar on an open-air rooftop patio. Drinks: Skilled bartenders serve a total of roughly 55 whiskeys, 18 tequilas, 20 rotating brews on draft (featuring several high-gravity and craft beers), and over 200 bottled beers. A lengthy wine list is broken into three tiers based on price. During the day, mix and match hot sauces and seasonings at the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar buffet.

  • Amici

    www.amici-cafe.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Bars. Features: Live Music, Trivia, Catering, Outside Seating, Art, Delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look: Casual dining space featuring local art on the walls and a bar made of restored wood from the Georgia Theatre fire. Menu: Flavors of wings include BBQ, jalapeño honey, lemon pepper, cilantro lime and three varying degrees of heat. Build your own pizza or ask for a gourmet pie like the Beefeater (pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground chuck, garlic) or the Gardenia, which comes piled high with veggies. Sandwiches, pasta, salads and flatbreads, too. Drinks: The bar stays open late after the kitchen closes on Wednesdays–Saturdays. Pair your meal with a tall glass of the Beer of the Month.

  • Applebee's

    www.applebees.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    File Under: American. Features: Full Bar, Curbside Pick-Up. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days.

  • Bar South

    www.facebook.com/pages/Bar-South/302986003050730

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music, Outside Seating. The Look: Huge space featuring two full bars, exposed brick walls and tall arched windows with stained glass accents that allow sunlight to flood in during the day. Try your luck at a round of pool, beer pong, darts, shuffleboard or the Golden Tee arcade game. An outdoor drinking area spanning the entire length of the bar is popular on warm nights. Drinks: Seven beers on draft and many more in bottle, as well as classic cocktails and several high-end scotches, bourbons and rums.

  • Barcode

    www.facebook.com/barcodeathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: DJs, Outside Seating. The Look: Take a seat at the bar to cheer on your favorite sports team, grab a booth to catch up with friends or visit the upstairs mezzanine to escape the sometimes rowdy dance party down below. A smaller, second bar operates on busy nights to help sling out the drinks. Drinks: Basic lineup of domestics, a handful of imports and plenty of shots, bombs and cocktails to get you through the night. Value meals like The Haymaker (Long Island pint and a shot of Bacardi) and The Bull Dawg (Miller Lite and a shot of Jim Beam) make drinking on a budget easy.

  • Beef 'O' Brady's

    www.beefobradys.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Bars. Features: Catering, Outside Seating, Trivia, Delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: Family-friendly neighborhood pub with plenty of TVs for sports-watching while you chow down or sip on a brew. Menu: Popular American sports bar fare like burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. Start out with a basket of award-winning wings hand-tossed in one of two dry rubs or 12 sauces, or a combo appetizer like Land, Sea & Air (cheeseburger sliders, fried shrimp, chicken dippers) to share. Signature items include fish and chips and reuben sandwiches. Drinks: 11 beers on tap. Try the signature sangria, mint mojito or spiked frozen lemonade.

  • Blind Pig Tavern

    www.blindpigtavern.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Catering, Outside Seating, Trivia, Delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look: Lots of big TVs make this neighborhood pub a laid-back place to watch sports and unwind with friends. Menu: Offers over a dozen types of burgers with your choice of ground chuck beef, ground turkey, veggie burger or marinated chicken breast. For something unique, try The Memphis (topped with bacon and peanut butter) or The Burn'em (topped with hot wing sauce, jalapeños and blue cheese). Other bar food staples include oysters, buffalo wings, sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, fried pickles, chili cheese fries and Southwestern options. Drinks: Choose from 11 beers on tap and 50+ in bottles. If brew isn't your thing, let a fruity cocktail quench your thirst.

  • Blue Sky

    www.blueskyathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating. The Look: Overlooking North Campus from its second story view, this comfortable bar with a refined atmosphere offers a world-class selection of high-end beverages. It has a tin ceiling, a skylight and a cozy patio with ample seating. You can also enter Blue Sky through its sister bar, Walker's Coffee and Pub. Drinks: Features over 200 craft beers including selections from all six Trappist breweries in the U.S., over 50 scotches from nearly 30 different distilleries and a wide selection of bourbon, Irish whiskey, wine, fresh fruit cocktails and seasonal offerings. If you're hungry, tapas can be delivered from Speakeasy.

  • Boar's Head Lounge

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music, Outside Seating. The Look: Walk down the steps into the large bar area to catch a band onstage or play a game of foosball, pool or table shuffleboard. Outside, a huge patio has two smaller bars, a swing and a second-story balcony area for playing cornhole or just hanging out. Drinks: Eleven beers on draft and about 40 others in bottle. "Baller Shots" include the Bulldog Bite (Bacardi 151 rum, amaretto liqueur and cranberry juice) and Boars Breath (Fireball Whiskey and Irish creme). Give in to your late-night munchies with free popcorn.

  • Bootleggers Country & Western Bar

    www.bootleggersathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1720 Commerce Rd. Athens, GA 30607. 706-540-7803 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs. The Look: Inside this old red barn with cowboy and cowgirl silhouettes in the windows is a large dance hall popular for line dancing. Karaoke and live country bands every weekend. Drinks: Multiple bars serve inexpensive domestic beers and pour whiskey generously. Fuel up on liquid courage before taking a ride on their mechanical bull, Pandemonium.

  • Bourbon Street

    www.twitter.com/bourbonstath

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. The Look: Everything about this two-story New Orleans-inspired bar attempts to re-create the excitement of Mardi Gras on a nightly basis. Drinks: Cheap domestics, pitchers and 64-ounce rum drinks served in a fishbowl make this bar popular.

  • The Branded Butcher

    www.facebook.com/thebrandedbutcher

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 225 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-5152 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Art. Hours: Dinner & Late Night, 7 Days. Sunday Brunch. The Look: The long brick space has cozy seating and a sizable bar, plus local art on the walls. Menu: Chef Matt Palmerlee really gets charcuterie, and this restaurant is a great place to expand your palate by playing around in that section of the menu, where you might find a housemade corn dog, a smart take on a Scotch egg (hard-boiled egg wrapped in ground sausage and fried), slivered and crisped pigs’ ears or smoked trout rillettes. What many people don’t realize is that vegetarians can have a lovely meal here, too, due to Palmerlee’s respect for local farms and their produce. That said, if you eat meat, and the okra with a side of whipped marrow is on the menu, don’t miss it. Bar burger served Mondays. Oysters can be had at the bar starting at 4 p.m. Drinks: The cocktail list has great respect for the past, with rye and gin playing important roles among the mixed drinks. The selection of wine, beer and whiskey is superlatively curated.

  • Buddha Bar

    www.facebook.com/pages/Buddha-Bar/101239483269749

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. The Look: Red Chinese lanterns, bamboo, paintings of koi fish and a large golden Buddha statue sitting in the window decorate this Asian themed bar. Drinks: The Seven Deadly Sins list consists of popular sake bombs, Fortune Cookie Martinis and peach-flavored Kill Bill Bombs. Order a Stoplight (three total shots of selected red, yellow and green liqueurs) if you're feeling brave. Plenty of beer (including a few seasonals), champagne and standard cocktails are also available.

  • Buffalo's Café

    www.buffaloscafe.com/athens

    Price: $$

    Locations

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Catering, Live Music, Trivia, Delivery,  Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: Casual dining with a Southwestern theme. Trivia, line dancing and live bands are scheduled weekly, and large banquet rooms can be reserved for private parties or public events. Menu: Chow down on traditional or boneless wings offered in 13 different sauces including honey garlic, Asian sesame and Red Hot Ranch. Burgers, sandwiches, ribs, tacos, wraps and salads are created with a Southwestern flair. Drinks: Watch the game on a big-screen TV while sipping on a drink from the bar. Choose from 10 draft beers, an extensive wine list and cocktails such as the Canyon-Rita and Mary on Fire (Bloody Mary with Buffalo's signature Death Valley sauce).

  • The Bury

    www.facebook.com/theburyathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 321 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-206-4613 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs, Outside Seating. The Look: Ski lodge-themed bar complete with a fireplace, granite bar, antler light fixtures, wildlife mural and taxidermy animal mounts. The dimly-lit cave downstairs features a second full bar and leather couches for a more exclusive atmosphere. Visit the mezzanine for a round of beer pong or a bird's eye view of bands playing on stage. Drinks: Eight beers on draft and all the usual domestics and imports in bottle. Ask for Cabin Fever whiskey on the rocks, Moonshine Margarita or a round of Ski Shots (multiple shots lined up on a single ski) to share with friends.

  • Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q

    www.butthuttbarbecue.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Full Bar, Live Music, Catering, Outside Seating, Delivery. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look: Homey BBQ shack with a laid-back vibe. Bike Night is hosted bi-monthly and bands perform every weekend. Menu: Each plate (chopped pork, brisket, ribs or chicken) comes with two sides (stew, corn nuggets, chicken mull, pasta salad, curly fries). BBQ sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken strips, too. For dessert, get a slice of pecan or coconut pie, cheesecake or banana pudding. Drinks: Choose from over two dozen beers or ask the bartender to stir up a cocktail.

  • The Capital Room

    www.thecapitalroom.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 247 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-6277 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating, Trivia, Catering, Delivery. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, Mon.-Sat. Brunch & Dinner, Sun. The Look: Located in the historic Georgian Hotel, this upscale space with comfortable elegance features 100-year-old stained glass windows and marble walls and columns. Menu: An upscale twist on gastropub fare, like Pork Belly Mac-n-Cheese, Guiness Braised Brisket, Shepherd's Pie, burgers and flatbreads. For brunch, order the Green Eggs and Ham Benedict, steak frites with arugula pistachio salsa verde, or The Hangover (biscuits smothered with eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, tater tots and gravy). Drinks: Long list of cocktails, wines and scotches. Fifteen beers on draft including four Terrapins, along with domestic, imports and 20 craft beers. Don't leave without trying a signature cocktail like the Boozy Bear Martini (Parrot Bay Passion Fruit, champagne, peach schnapps and gummy bears) or Emerald City (coconut rum, pineapple juice, Blue Curacao and champagne).

  • Carrabba's Italian Grill

    www.carrabbas.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 3194 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-9938 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Full Bar, Curbside Pick-Up. Hours: Dinner, 7 days. Lunch, Sat & Sun.

  • Chili's Grill & Bar

    www.chilis.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 183 Alps Rd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-5405 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full Bar, Curbside Pick-Up, Catering. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days.

  • Ciné Barcafé

    www.athenscine.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 234 W. Hancock Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3343 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Live Music/DJs, Art, Wi-Fi. Hours: 4:30 p.m.–last show, Mon.–Fri. 2 p.m.–last show, Sat.–Sun. The Look: Chic, sophisticated arthouse cinema housed in a converted industrial space. The lounge and bar area can be enjoyed by those with or without a movie ticket. Menu: Coffee, teas, sodas and fruit juices to drink. Snacks include an assortment of locally made baked goods like cookies and muffins, plus traditional movie snacks like popcorn and candy. Drinks: A good selection of bottled beer and a few crafts on tap, as well as wine and liquor from the fully stocked bar.

  • City Bar

    www.facebook.com/athenscitybar

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 220 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-7612 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating. The Look: Don't be fooled by its upscale design, 20-foot ceilings, hardwood bar, large mirrors, marble accents and chandeliers; this bar is still friendly towards an informal party crowd. Drinks: A full-service bar known for its flavored martinis and craft cocktails like the City Kiss (kiwi strawberry vodka, lemonade, club soda) and the City of Lights (orange vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, lime). Over 30 different bottled beers.

  • Cloud

    www.facebook.com/cloudathensga

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 164 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-7771 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. The Look: Comfortable booths and a dozen TVs make this spacious upstairs bar a good spot for catching a sports game. A wall of mesmerizing, color-changing bubbles standing behind the bar illuminates the room. Drinks: All the usual domestics, imports, well shots and bombs. Bartenders will gladly whip up a cocktail using the liquors from two fully stocked bars.

  • Copper Creek Brewing Company

    www.coppercreekathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 140 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-1102 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Catering, Trivia, Delivery. Hours: Dinner & Late Night, 7 Days. Sunday Brunch. The Look: Large copper kettles can be seen through the window of this sophisticated yet rustic restaurant, bar and microbrewery. Menu: Start off with an appetizer like sriracha marinated beef skewers or Filipino pork egg rolls. Entrees include upscale pub food like hearty burgers, BBQ ribs, buttermilk fried chicken breast, salmon cakes and housemade falafel sandwiches. For brunch, amaretto French toast, omelets, grilled andouille sausage and home fries. Drinks: Brews and serves its own beer in-house. All ingredients are ground, mashed and fermented on premises to create a full tank-to-tap experience, and at least three of Copper Creek's 40+ rotating brews are available each day. Many craft, high-gravity and seasonal beers are available in bottle, and there's a variety of liquor behind the fully stocked bar. Cask tappings are held the first Wednesday of every month.

  • Cozy Bar

    www.facebook.com/cozybarathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 179 Jackson St. Athens, GA 30601. No # specified. View Map

    File Under: Bars & Clubs. The Look: New sister bar of Cozy Yum Yum located in a narrow space below street level. Drinks: Full bar specializing in sake bombs and popular Thai beers. Dumplings and spring rolls are served to satisfy late night cravings.

  • Cutters Pub

    www.facebook.com/cutterspub

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 120 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-9800 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs, Outside Seating. The Look: An Irish pub with copper plating behind the bar and an electronic countdown to the next St. Patrick's Day. Play a game of pool, darts, foosball or an arcade game like Golden Tee Golf. The newly-constructed upstairs area hosts an additional bar and dance floor for live bands. Drinks: An impressive list of 36 scotches, including premium selections like Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Nearly 100 beers with 12 available on draft, and plenty of cocktails, too.

  • Dawg House Bar & Grill

    www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/uga-hotel/dining

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1197 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30602. 706-548-0983 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Hours: Dinner, 7 Days. The Look: Casual eatery good for watching sports games on TV inside of UGA's Georgia Center. Menu: Sandwiches, build-your-own burgers, salads and entrees like spicy fish tacos, grilled steaks marinated in Tabasco and pineapple, blueberry pork chops and chicken fingers. Drinks: A full bar offers a dozen of the most popular imports and domestics, plus a handful of craft beers including three Terrapin brews.

  • DePalma's Italian Cafe

    www.depalmasitaliancafe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2080 Timothy Rd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-552-1237 View Map

    • 1965 Barnett Shoals Rd. Athens, GA 30605. 706-369-0085 View Map

    • 401 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-354-6966 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full Bar, Catering, Outside Seating, Delivery. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: Refined, but with a relaxed neighborhood restaurant atmosphere. Menu: Varies somewhat by location, but each offers premium pizza, calzones, pasta, salads and desserts. Try the mascarpone ravioli with grilled artichoke, spicy shrimp and roasted pepper polenta, veal primavera, The Gouda Pie (spinach, smoked gouda sauce, grilled chicken, ham, pineapple) or the special lasagna of the day. For dessert, cannoli, gelato, crème brulée and slices of homemade cheesecake. Drinks: An extensive wine list featuring a host of selections from Italy. Good beers and cocktails, too.

  • Dirty Birds

    www.facebook.com/dirtybirdsathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 312 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-7050 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Bars. Features: Live Music/DJs, Trivia. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 Days. The Look: Large, new sports-centric destination with over 20 TVs, a stage, dance floor and pool tables. The upstairs Crow's Nest is a popular spot for trivia, karaoke and live music. Menu: Load up on wings offered in 30 flavors like habanero, maple chipotle BBQ, Margarita, garlic herb and Old Bay. Plenty of sandwiches, burgers, sliders and salads. Drinks: Over 24 beers on tap and an extensive selection of spirits. Try a Kentucky Cutter (Bulleit bourbon, triple sec, Angostura bitters, lemon) or Cherry Limeade (Pinnacle cherry lemonade vodka, lemon lime soda, sour mix).

  • Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina

    www.dospalmasathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3523 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-7771 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full Bar, Catering, Delivery. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: As the sister restaurant to the Eastside La Fiesta, Dos Palmas has a family-oriented atmosphere and a "Nuestra casa es su casa" approach to service. Menu: The most popular Mexican staples such as tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas and quesadillas are all here. Desserts include flan, churros, sopapilla and fried ice cream. Drinks: Over 30 types of tequila on hand make this a popular destination for margaritas. Two beers on draft and several more in bottle.

  • The Double Barrel

    www.facebook.com/DoubleBarrelAthens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 429 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. No # specified. View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outdoor Seating. The Look: New Southern-themed bar named after Athens' famous double-barreled cannon. Drinks: Signature cocktails include The Bacon Watson (bacon liqueur, bourbon, orange juice) and The Scarlett O'Hara (sweet tea vodka, peach, cherry and sour mix). Try a Cannonball Bomb made with Fireball whiskey or the Southern Breakfast Sampler, a "three-course meal" featuring shots of bacon, blueberry pancake and doughnut liqueurs, chased by orange juice.

  • East West Bistro

    www.eastwestbistro.com

    Price: $$$☆ Expanded Listing!

     

    Locations

    • 351 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-9378 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Catering, Reservations, Outside Seating, Delivery. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look: Watch as chefs prepare your meal in the open kitchen or take a seat at the bar. Extra long booths and a second floor for private parties are great for accomodating large groups. Menu: Asian and Mediterranean flavors come together in sophisticated dishes. For lunch, chicken bahn mi, Blackened Salmon BLT and a yellowfin tuna sandwich with sriracha mayo, seaweed salad and house pickles. For dinner, Braised Lamb Leg (served with a ginger-poblano salsa verde, picked fennel and roasted sweet potatoes), Bulgolgi Udon Bowl and Bistro Filet (topped with a portabella mushroom demi-glace). Drinks: A distinguished wine menu and many high gravity and microbrew beer choices. Refreshing martinis include the East West (sake and Grey Goose vodka, cranberry, lime) and the Godiva (Stoli vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, vanilla ice cream).

  • El Azteca

    www.facebook.com/elaztecaathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1280 Oconee St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-2639 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full Bar, Trivia. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: The bright orange and blue exterior makes this casual spot hard to miss. Menu: All of the obligatory south-of-the-border classics like tacos, burritos, fajitas and quesadillas. Pair your meal with a Dos Equis, Modelo or refreshing margarita.

  • Etienne Brasserie

    www.etienneathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 311 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-8008 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Catering, Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. Sunday Brunch. The Look: French restaurant with a relaxed, upscale setting. Menu: Hors d'oeuvres include escargot, calamari, mussels and French cured meats and cheeses. For dinner, try Steak au Poivre (prime aged beef tenderloin, green peppercorn bordelaise, potato gratin, garlic French beans) or Trout Almondine (pan sauteed almond encrusted trout, herb beurre blanc, rice pilaf, grilled asparagus). Affordable lunch options include lamb burgers, croques, Quiche Lorraine and savory crepes (butternut squash, arugula, eggplant). Prix fixe menu offered on weekdays. Drinks: A French-dominant wine list conveniently describes each bottle's unique flavors. Cocktails are often made with organic herbs and fresh-squeezed citrus like The Frenchmen (bourbon, mint, raw sugar cube, rose water, yellow chartreuse) and the French Affair (tequila, Sotol, St. Germain, grapefruit, rosemary).

  • Fatz Café

    www.fatz.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 4115 Lexington Rd. Athens, GA 30605. 706-425-8780 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full Bar, Catering, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days.

  • Five & Ten

    www.fiveandten.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 1073 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-7300 View Map

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Full Bar, Reservations, Catering. Hours: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Mon.–Fri. Dinner, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look: Chic fine dining created by Chef Hugh Acheson, James Beard winner for Best Chef Southeast and Best Cookbook and judge on "Top Chef." It's brand new digs are only a block away from its original location. Menu: Innovative European cuisine with a Southern flair. The menu changes to reflect the seasons, but expect dishes such as Pork Porterhouse (18th-century oats, roasted maitakes, red kale, spring onion confit, bone marrow fritter), NC Speckled Trout (crisp polenta cake, oyster mushrooms, beans, chow-chow) and NC Swordfish Sicilian Style (clams, octopus, capers, olives, pine nuts, kale). Serving coffee, tartines and pastries during weekday afternoons. Arrive before 6 p.m. for the three-course prix-fixe dinner. Brunch options include oysters on the half shell, the 5 & 10 Benedict (latkes, salmon gravlax or bacon, hollandaise), brioche French toast and grilled hanger steak. Drinks: Barstaff and servers will help guide you through the impressively long wine list. Several signature cocktails made with fresh ingredients like the Gold Rush (small batch bourbon, lemon, honey) and Slightly Stormy (house-infused spiced silver rum, Blenheim, Myer's dark rum, orange twist).

  • Five Bar

    www.five-bar.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 269 N. Hull St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-5515 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Full Bar. Hours: Dinner, 7 Days. Late Night, Th.–Sat. Sunday Brunch. The Look: New restaurant with red walls, high ceilings, colorful artwork and crystal chandeliers. The Menu: A minimalist menu of refined cuisine is broken down into sets of five options for appetizers, main entrees, classic sushi rolls and signature rolls. Rotating daily specials. Drinks: Five red wines, five white wines, five standard beers, five Southern beers and five signature cocktails. 

  • Flanagan's

    www.flanagansathens.homestead.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 301 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-208-9711 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating. The Look: An Irish pub-inspired spot established in 1994 with a green exterior, exposed brick walls and neon green lights hanging in the windows. Drinks: Home of the Super Irish Carbomb. Daily specials on beers, wells and shooters. Get in the spirit with a Nutty Irishman, Peppermint St. Patty or a tall pint of Guinness.

  • Fuzzy's Taco Shop

    www.fuzzystacoshop.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 265 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0305 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Bars. Features: Full Bar, Catering, Outdoor Seating, Trivia. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. Late Night, Th.–Sat. The Look: A brightly colored Texas-based chain with a large outdoor patio and several TVs playing sports games. Menu: Breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros and migas (eggs scrambled with chorizo and pico de gallo) are served all day. Burritos, tacos and enchiladas come stuffed with your choice of fish, beef, pork, chicken or veggies. Also offering quesadillas, tamales, salads and fajitas. Drinks: Cool off with a daiquiri, giant margarita or Mexican lager.

  • The Garden Grille

    www.hiltongardeninnathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 390 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-6800 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full Bar, Buffet, Catering, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look: Full service restaurant situated inside of the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. Menu: Breakfast can be cooked to order or assembled from the buffet. Steaks, burgers, pasta, salads and other all-American staples for dinner.

  • Genco Import Co.

    www.gencobar.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 246 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-354-0203 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. The Look: Inspired by The Godfather, this narrow bar is furnished with many mirrors, a marble bar and wooden accents. Drinks: Multiple draft beers and a wide selection of bottled beers, including a few high-gravity and craft brews, to choose from. Try a specialty house drink such as the Scooby Snack or a made-from-scratch Bloody Mary. A few wine options, too.

  • General Beauregard's

    www.facebook.com/generalbeauregards

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 164 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8201 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music, Outside Seating. The Look: An antebellum-themed bar decked out in Confederate regalia and pre-Civil War stylings, complete with massive framed mirrors, a glittering chandelier, flags, rocking chairs and leather sofas. Drinks: The signature Dixieland Tea (Kentucky bourbon and sweet tea served in a mason jar with a lemon slice) stays true to the bar's theme. Pair a beer, which are predominantly of the light and cheap variety, with complimentary peanuts.

  • George's Lowcountry Table

    www.georgeslowcountryonline.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2095 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-548-3359 View Map

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Live Music, Reservations, Outside Seating. Hours: Dinner, 7 Days. Weekend Brunch. The Look: Created as an homage to George Davis, the founder of Gus Garcia's and Harry Bissett's, this restaurant offers fine dining with Southern charm. Menu: Southern comfort cuisine with a touch of Cajun and Creole. Start off with a cup of gumbo, shrimp and grits or raw oysters. For dinner, try crab cakes, BBQ salmon over andouille hash or the Carpetbagger (filet mignon topped with fried oysters and bernaise sauce). Many of the same entrees can be found in smaller portions during brunch. Drinks: Hearty list of international wines and a handful of cordials and ports to top off a meal. Try a signature cocktail such as The George (Dewar's Scotch whiskey, water), Persey's Elixer (tequila, pomegranate liquor, lemon juice, ginger beer) or French Gimlet (Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain, lime juice).

  • Georgia Bar

    www.facebook.com/pages/The-Georgia-Bar/132764232620

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 159 W. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-9884 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music, Outside Seating. The Look: Quintessential dive bar fueled by locals since 1986. Try your hand at an arcade game or play a round of pool inside. Drinks: All the usual suspects behind the bar, including eight drafts, with two or three Terrapins in the mix. Free peanuts to munch on while you drink.

  • The Globe

    www.facebook.com/globe.athens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 199 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-4721 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Live Music, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look: Pubs from across the pond are the model here. An exposed brick interior, comfy couches, rocking chairs and a large mural depicting brewing scenes create a charming and relaxed atmosphere. The second floor is a popular destination for soccer fans. Menu: Popular pub cuisine like fish and chips, burgers, a tandoori chicken sandwich and spicy vegan chili. Sunday brunch consists of croissant sandwiches, steak and eggs, fritattas and French toast. Drinks: The vast selection of around 80 beers, 60 wines and 40 single-malt scotches at the big brass bar has helped The Globe earn its reputation as a bar for the discerning drinker.

  • Go Bar

    www.facebook.com/pages/Go-Bar/111651262208720

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 195 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-5609 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs, Outside Seating. The Look: An intimate space with a stylish aesthetic complete with a disco ball, circular mirrors and silver walls. A large outdoor patio area enshrouded in blue lights offers a break from the entertainment inside. DJs and live bands perform regularly here, and karaoke, open-mic nights and drag performances occur often, too. Drinks: No draft beers, but plenty of bottled brews, cocktails and shots to keep the dance parties fueled.

  • Green Room

    www.greenroomathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 175 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-2439 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs. The Look: New sister bar to the Georgia Theatre regularly hosting up-and-coming performers. Drinks: Plenty of beers to choose from, plus a handful on non-alcoholic drinks. Try a specialty cocktail like Fresh to Def (vodka, agave nectar, cucumber, lime juice, soda) or the Beast of Burden (bourbon, honey syrup, red wine, lemon juice, soda). Classic combos like Burning Down the House (Fireball cinnamon whiskey shot and a PBR) make drinking on a budget easy.

  • Grindhouse Killer Burgers

    www.grindhouseburgers.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1553 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-612-9327 View Map

    File Under: Burgers, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look: Eclectic Atlanta-based burger house known for screening campy B-movies and Kung Fu flicks on the walls. Menu: Customize your own burger (beef, turkey, veggie), or try one of theirs like the Yankee Style (bleu cheese, bacon, grilled onions) or Dixie Style (pimento cheese, fried green tomato, coleslaw, chipotle ranch). Drinks: Solid number of domestics, imports and crafts, plus a few wines. The real draw here though are the Boozy Milkshakes. Try a Puddin' Out (vanilla shake, banana liqueur, Pinnacle cake vodka, Nilla Wafers) or the Berry Springer (strawberry shake, raspberry liqueur, Pinnacle berry vodka).

  • Half Moon Pub

    www.flanagansathens.homestead.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 301 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-208-9711 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music. The Look: Don't mistake this bar for the downstairs of its rowdier sister bar, Flanagan's. Once you walk down the steps to this cellar pub, you'll find a relatively mellow atmosphere. Drinks: Several brews to choose from, including locals like Terrapin and Sweetwater. Bottles of wine are plentiful for sharing over relaxed conversation.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    www.hendershotscoffee.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 237 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3050 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars. Features: Full Bar, Catering, Live Music, Art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Open 7 days. The Look: This former-Westside, beloved coffee shop and music venue is now located in a more spacious Bottleworks location, allowing for bigger shows and an expanded kitchen. Menu: An assortment of coffees, tea, seasonal fruit smoothies and juices. Always a good selection of muffins, cookies, savory scones and bagels to pair with your drink. Items like macaroni salad, pimento cheese, chicken salad and Redneck Caviar (black eyed peas, jalapeños, tomatoes, spices) are prepared fresh daily. Drinks: A good selection of craft beers and wines for when the sun goes down. Combine the best of both worlds with a coffee cocktail.

  • Highwire Lounge

    www.highwirelounge.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 269 N. Hull St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8997 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music, Trivia, Outside Seating, Art. The Look: An upscale and intimate venue with handcrafted walnut booths, private side rooms and a stage frequently hosting live music. Menu: Tasty snacks like cayenne candied peanuts, Southern Smoked Gouda Grit Arancini, patatas bravas, cheese plates and turtle cheesecake. Pub food from its sister bar, Trappeze, is also available. Drinks: High-end cocktails carefully crafted with small batch liquors and fresh ingredients like The Black Mule (Cytron vodka, blackberries, lime, Blenheim's ginger ale) and the Bee's Knees (Bellringer, lemon, clover honey). Ask about the seasonal selections. A plethora of craft beers and wine, too.

  • Hilltop Grille

    www.hilltopgrille.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2310 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-7667 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Reservations, Live Music, Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Tu.-Sun. Dinner, Mon. Sunday Brunch. The Look: A locally-owned establishment away from the downtown scene but with plenty of bulldog pride. UGA-themed artwork by cartoonist Jack Davis is displayed throughout the building, including a nine-foot long mural of UGA trampling other SEC mascots. Weekly live music out on the patio. Menu: Steak and seafood are the centerpieces of this American cuisine restaurant. Settle down with a NY strip, ribeye, filet mignon or crown steak. Seafood selections include lobster tail, seared scallops with fig balsamic reduction, teriyaki salmon and pecan-crusted rainbow trout. For brunch, try the omelet of the day, French toast or shrimp and grits. Drinks: Wine is the focus here, with an impressive list of international options to accompany your meal.

  • Inoko Japanese Steak House

    www.inokos.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 161 Alps Rd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-8589 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Features: Full Bar, Reservations, Delivery. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Sun.–Fri. Dinner, Sat. The Look: Entertaining chefs show off their exceptional knife skills as they prepare your meal on a hibachi grill right at your table. Menu: Combinations of ribeye steak, filet mignon, chicken, shrimp, scallops and lobster dropped over rice and veggies and paired with onion soup, salad and a shrimp appetizer. Smaller portions during lunch. Good selection of sushi on hand as well.

  • Jerzee's Sports Bar

    www.jerzeessportsbar.net

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 420 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 443-798-0999 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs. Hours: Dinner & Late Night, 7 Days. The Look: Sports bar by day, dance club by night. This huge space features over 20 HDTVs and another six projection screens for catching a game or watching music videos. Menu: All-American staples like burgers, subs and wings, plus lots of appetizers like potato skins, jalapeño poppers, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers and fries. Bar food is available long after the kitchen closes. Drinks: Ten beers on draft and many more in bottle.

  • La Cabaña de Don Juan

    www.cabanadonjuanmexrest.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 995 Hawthorne Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-3535 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full Bar, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look: New family-run Mexican restaurant decorated with colorful wall murals and five flat screen TVs. Menu: A diverse menu of fajitas, steaks, nachos, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas and tacos. Try the Don Juan Special (grilled chicken and turkey bacon with onions, pineapple and chipotle sauce) or select a combination meal to sample multiple dishes. Drinks: Margaritas, Mexican beers and a few draft brews. Order a Bulldog Margarona (a Corona faced down in a margarita) for the best of both worlds.

  • La Estrella

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 400 Hawthorne Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-8557 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Full Bar. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Wed.–Mon. The Look: Murals of a mariachi guitarist and sea creatures decorate the walls of this friendly spot located in a small shopping center. Menu: Largely a marisqueria, this restaurant specializes in authentic Mexican seafood dishes. Try a Mojarra Frita (whole fried fish), Tostada de Pulpo (octopus) or the ceviche-like shrimp cocktail. Typical south-of-the-border fare like fajitas, burritos and enchiladas, too.

  • La Fiesta

    www.athens-lafiesta.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1395 College Station Rd. Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-5933 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian–Friendly. Features: Full Bar, Catering, Live Music, Outside Seating, Delivery. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: Eastside location with colorful decor and a large covered outdoor patio. Menu: Popular Mexican fare like burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, nachos, tacos and quesadillas. Special entrees include the Torta Fiesta, chipotle shrimp, chile relleno and carne asada. If indecisive, select a combination entree for a sampling of several items. Drinks: Margaritas come in a variety of flavors including lime, strawberry, mango, peach and pina colada. Ten different Mexican beers to complement your meal. A few domestics and house wines, too.

  • Last Resort Grill

    www.lastresortgrill.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 184 W. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-0810 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside Seating, Art. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look: Sophisticated setting with exposed brick walls, colorful murals and local art. Menu: Southern cooking with Southwestern accents such as the Pork Belly (house-braised and served with sweet potato mash and pineapple-jalapeño salsa au jus) and El Campesino (pasta with charred red peppers, corn and black beans in a tequila and roasted tomato sauce). Plenty of creative steaks, pastas, salads, seafood and soups to choose from. For brunch, try The Texan (pork tenderloin over grits and topped with serrano-mint jam) or Ranchero Omelette (stuffed with black beans, Texas caviar and monterey jack cheese, and topped with salsa and cilantro crème fraiche). Choose a slice of cake from the huge front case for dessert. Drinks: Over 200 wines and an extensive list of cocktails. Try a Georgia Peach, Nutella-tini or Clayton Street Cosmopolitan from the All American Martini List, a menu of vodkas, gins and vermouth all made in the U.S.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 223 W. Hancock Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-369-3144 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music, Trivia, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. The Look: This bar, a favorite of the townie crowd, has floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick walls and lots of local charm. A busy schedule is full of live music, DJs, salsa, trivia and drag performances. The large outdoor patio is perfect for games of cornhole and summer dance parties. Drinks: A wide variety of bottled beers, plus two Terrapins and two rotating seasonal drafts on tap. Specialty drinks include The Big Apple (Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka and organic apple juice), The Basil Lemonade (organic basil-infused vodka and lemonade) and Spicy Tequila Beer (organic tequila, fresh jalapeño, lime juice, agave nectar and ginger beer). During winter months, cozy up with a Hot Toddy or a Hot Peach (peach vodka and cranberry juice). Wines, too.

  • Locos Grill & Pub

    www.locosgrill.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2020 Timothy Rd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-7700 View Map

    • 1985 Barnett Shoals Rd. Athens, GA 30605. 706-208-0911 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Curbside Pick-Up (Timothy Rd.), Delivery, Live Music (Timothy Rd.), Trivia, Catering, Wi-Fi, Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: A local chain with a classic American pub atmosphere. Since its inception 25 years ago, it has spread its roots to more than a dozen locations throughout the Southeast. Menu: Deli sandwiches (Cuban, Spicy Chicken, Pork Chop, Philly Cheese) and burgers (Bayou, Redneck Deluxe, El Dorado, BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burger) are the anchor. Sub a veggie patty or chicken breast on any of the specialty burgers. Lots of other options like salad, wings, chicken tenders, steak and Southwestern snacks. Drinks: Fully stocked bar with inexpensive domestic beer available in pitchers or by the glass.

  • Logan's Roadhouse

    www.logansroadhouse.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3668 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-9890 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full Bar. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days.

  • Longhorn Steakhouse

    www.longhornsteakhouse.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2170 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-0054 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full Bar. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days.

  • Madison Bar & Bistro

    www.indigoathens.com/madison

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 500 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-0430 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Reservations, Outside Seating, Live Music, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look: Enjoy a peaceful after-work drink or an elegant dinner at this chic spot located inside Hotel Indigo. Take a seat at the full service bar, at a dining table, in the intimate lounge or on the outdoor patio near the firepit. A dog-friendly Canine Cocktail Hour is held weekly. Menu: Snack on a starter such as a local cheese and honey plate or low country shrimp and crab dip. Entrees include Sicilian style pizzas on thick rosemary focaccia, salads made with local and seasonal ingredients, burgers and mixed grill kabobs. For breakfast, build your own frittata or try a smoked gouda bagel sandwich. Drinks: A long list of wines, premium spirits and beers. Specialty drinks abound, including La Grande Jatte (Hendricks rose and cucumber infused gin, St. Germain elder flower liqueur, sparkling water and cilantro) and the Starry Night (Van Gogh banana vodka, coconut rum, pineapple and orange juice). 

  • Magnolias

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 312 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-0797 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating. The Look: Spacious two-story bar with classic Southern charm. Simple touches such as magnolias on an overhead trellis, little white lights and dark wood accents create a refined yet casual atmosphere. Pool tables upstairs. Drinks: The usual array of brews behind the bar, plus daily deals on domestics and wells. For something refreshing, try an Absolut peach tea or Stoli strawberry lemonade.

  • The Manhattan Café

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 337 N. Hull St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-369-9767 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating, DJs. The Look: A much-adored alternative spot beloved by Athens townies and long-time natives. The space is full of eclectic furniture, unusual art, a jukebox and random knick-knacks. Drinks: The diverse line-up of drinks matches the creative atmosphere. House specialties include The Manhattan (bourbon or rye, sweet vermouth, bitters) and the popular Blenheim's spicy ginger ale with Maker's Mark. Check the chalkboard for seasonal cocktails. Beers from both ends of the spectrum, wine and sake, too. Soak up the alcohol with munchies like White Castle burgers, Zapp's chips and complimentary popcorn.

  • Marker 7 Coastal Grill

    www.marker7coastalgrill.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1195 Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-3451 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full Bar, Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Tu.–Sun. Dinner, Mon. The Look: New seafood restaurant with nestled inside a historic house with a giant deck in the epicenter of Five Points. Menu: Start out with oysters served five ways: raw, steamed, Rockefeller (watercress, garlic, shallot), Casino (red pepper, butter, bacon) or Bienville (white wine, cream, mushrooms, shrimp). For lunch, sandwiches, tacos and baskets of shrimp, catfish, oysters and chicken tenders. Dinner offers shrimp and andouille sausage over grits, Cuban spiced mahi mahi, blackened trigger fish and red pepper shrimp stuffed with crab. Ask about the catch of the day.

  • Max

    www.facebook.com/themaxcanada

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 243 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-254-3392 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs, Outside Seating. The Look: Huge space with three full bars, a large outdoor patio and an impressive list of activities: pool tables, arcade games, pinball machines, a photo booth, Super Chexx hockey game, air hockey and darts. Max recently expanded into "The Sideroom" next door, allowing for another full bar and an elevated stage for live bands. The Streets Cafe food truck can often be found on the patio dishing out kimchi quesadillas, Korean BBQ and banh mi sandwiches. Drinks: A good selection of bottled beer and always a few Terrapins on draft. Stop by during "Beer o'Clock" for cheap drinks. Bartenders will gladly whip up cocktail requests from the fully stocked bars.

  • Mell's Place

    www.facebook.com/mells.place.7

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 4648 Atlanta Hwy. Bogart, GA 30622. 706-548-0830 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Cash Only, Music. The Look: Established in 1952, this country roadhouse is one of the oldest bars around. Karaoke, pool, keno games and line dancing nights are held frequently. Drinks: Standard variety of bottled domestics and classic cocktails.

  • Mellow Mushroom

    www.mellowmushroom.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 320 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-0892 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Catering, Delivery, Outside Seating, Trivia. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look: A colorful and bustling place with giant mushrooms, high ceilings and sports games on the TVs. Menu: Pizza is the focus here, with a wide selection of specialty pies like the Kosmic Karma (red sauce base, spinach, sundried and roma tomatoes, feta, mozzarella and a pesto swirl) and Thai Dye (olive oil and garlic base, curry chicken, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, cucumbers and chili sauce). Salads, calzones, hoagies and munchies, too. Drinks: A wide-ranging selection of 40 beers on tap includes many regional, craft and high-gravity brews.

  • The Melting Point

    www.meltingpointathens.com

    Price: $$☆ Expanded Listing!

     

    Locations

    • 295 E. Dougherty St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-254-6909 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music, Outside Seating, Reservations, Wi-Fi. Hours: Dinner, 7 days. The Look: Elegant, multi-tiered music venue at the Foundry Park Inn that serves food to concert-goers, hotel guests and the general public alike. Menu: Classed-up versions of traditional gastro pub fare. "Headliner" entrees include a New York strip steak with chimichurri sauce, boneless pork chops with bourbon-maple glaze and free range chicken with grilled pineapple and scallion salsa. For something lighter, ask for an "Opener" like vegetable empanadas or house-made naan bread pizza. Drinks: A wide selection of wines, scotches, microbrews and craft beers. Local brews on draft get a lot of attention on Terrapin Tuesdays. For something different, ask for a Georgia Julep (Bulleit, peach nectar, fresh mint, soda) or The Harvey (jalapeño vodka, mango vodka, pineapple).

  • The National

    www.thenationalrestaurant.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 232 W. Hancock Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-3450 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Reservations, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Mon.–Sat. Dinner, 7 Days. The Look: Sleek European-inspired eatery in a renovated tire plant. Menu: Executive chef Peter Dale prepares a menu of Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on using locally grown produce. The menu changes seasonally, but intricate offerings (e.g., crispy pork shoulder with mashed plantains, pan-roasted Norwegian haddock with tomato-Vidalia-mint salad, pounded chicken breast with pomegranate sauce) are consistently European in flavor. Great apps like Medjool dates stuffed with celery and manchego cheese, beet salad and lobster bisque with squid ink whipped cream. Lunch provides gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzettes priced substantially lower than their dinner counterparts. Drinks: 25 wines, many of which are organically or sustainably produced. Lots of bottled and draft beers to choose from as well as signature cocktails like Loving Cup (Hendrick's gin, Pimm's #1 Cup, lemonade, cucumber, Barritt's Ginger Beer) and Garden Coup (house-infused tequila, lime, agave, basil, cucumber, jalapeño). The bar, which stays open long after normal dining hours have ended, offers its own late night snack menu.

  • New Earth Athens

    www.newearthmusichall.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 227 W. Dougherty St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8283 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs, Outside Seating. The Look: A large, environmentally conscious venue focused on being as sustainable as possible. Hang out by the bar or step onto the outdoor patio for a breath of fresh air. Newly re-envisioned as a community center, the venue now offers weekday yoga, cook-outs and special daytime events in addition to its nightly performances. Drinks: An organic bar offers planet-friendly libations in addition to healthy, non-alcoholic alternatives. Baked goods to snack on.

  • 9d's Bar

    www.facebook.com/9dsbar

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 400 Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-254-3998 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: DJs/Live Music. The Look: You know you're getting older when kids born in the '90s can drink. This upstairs bar is decked out in memorable movie posters and always plays the decade's greatest hits from 'N Sync to TLC. Drinks: A full bar with the usual spread of bottled beers. No drafts, but plenty of cheap domestics, tall boys and house shots to get you on the dance floor.

  • NONA

    www.neworleansnathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 279 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-7065 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Outside Seating, Reservations. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days, Weekend Brunch. The Look: Formerly Harry Bissett's New Orleans Cafe, NONA continues an Athens tradition in Creole and Cajun fine dining. Menu: Dishes inspired by the culinary traditions of Louisiana. Start out with Oysters Bienville, Cajun popcorn (deep-fried crawfish tails) or a cup of sherry crab soup. Specialties include Veal Lafayette, crawfish-stuffed trout and Bourbon Street Filets in five distinctive flavors: unadorned, pepper-crusted, covered in sauce, stuffed with blue cheese or topped with fried oysters. Ask about the fresh catch of the day. For brunch, order beignets with raspberry sauce, Crab Cakes Benedict or the NONA Omelette with sautéed andouille sausage, peppers, onion, cheese and Creole tomato sauce. Drinks: Six draft beers (always including a few Terrapins), an extensive wine list and refreshing cocktails to choose from. New Orleans-inspired drinks include the Hurricane, Sazarac (whiskey, bitters, syrup, anisette) and Ramos Gin Fizz (gin, orange blossom water, vanilla, half and half, egg whites).

  • Normal Bar

    www.facebook.com/normal.bar.7

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1365 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-6186 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating. The Look: Cozy, laid-back neighborhood bar in the heart of Normaltown with a warm wooden interior, dim lights and dartboards. Outside, you'll find a heated area in the winter and a dog-friendly, shaded patio in the summer. Drinks: Top-shelf liquors and cleverly crafted cocktails such as the American Mule (grapefruit juice, vodka and ginger beer) and Plata Fresco (cilantro infused tequila, lemon bitters, lime, simple syrup and soda). Fancy non-alcoholic drinks are also available such as The Bumble (lavender, lemon, honey and soda). A good list of beer and wine, too. Try a bowl of housemade boiled peanuts to go along with your drink.

  • Nowhere Bar

    www.facebook.com/nowherebarathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 240 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-4742 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music. The Look: Popular among locals, this dive bar hosts live bands every night. To the left, lamps shaped as Nascar racing cars hang above pool tables. To the right, you'll find the bar, several TVs and a stage decorated with posters and knick-knacks. Pick a song to play from the jukebox or play a game of darts. Drinks: Eight beers on draft with all of the usual suspects behind the bar. Bartenders stay busy pouring shots and mixing drinks well into the night.

  • The Office Lounge

    www.facebook.com/officeathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2455 Jefferson Rd. Athens, GA 30607. 706-546-0840 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music, Outside Seating, Trivia, Wi-Fi. The Look: Tucked in the Homewood Village Shopping Center, this lounge has a strong neighborhood bar vibe and opens early for the midday and after-work crowd. Hot spot for karaoke, pool, Keno and live music on the weekends. Drinks: Sip on your favorite brew (a couple dozen beers in all) or a cocktail while munching on complimentary popcorn.

  • The Old Pal

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1320 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. No # specified. View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating. The Look: New bar in the heart of Normaltown with a refined yet relaxed atmosphere and dog-friendly patio. Drinks: Named after the classic cocktail, the bar features both classic drinks and local craft brewers like Terrapin and Wild Heaven. Many cocktails are prepared with seasonal ingredients and housemade syrups, tonics and sodas.

  • The Olive Garden

    www.olivegarden.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3666 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-2225 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Full Bar, Catering. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days.

  • Omega Bar

    www.theomegabar.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3155 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-338-1832 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs. The Look: This night club with a large dance floor frequently hosts DJs, themed parties, Latin dance nights and "grown folks parties" with live jazz. Drinks: All the usuals behind the bar with plenty of drink specials to keep the night going.

  • On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

    www.ontheborder.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3640 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-247-7290 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Full Bar, Catering, Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days.

  • On the Rocks

    www.twitter.com/ontherocksuga

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 255 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-354-6666 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. The Look: No-frills interior with mirrors lining exposed brick walls. Drinks: No draft system or specialty cocktails, but plenty of cheap domestics, wells, shooters and margaritas.

  • 100 Proof

    www.facebook.com/100proofathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 364 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-8500 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating. The Look: A new beachy establishment specializing in frozen drinks. A rooftop patio with a full service tiki bar and tall palm trees has a great view of downtown and campus. Drinks: A dozen frozen drink machines offer brain-freezing beverages ranging from strawberry daiquiris to 190 Octanes. Plenty of shots and bombs to keep the party going into the wee hours of the night.

  • Outback Steakhouse

    www.outbacksteakhouse.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 3585 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-6015 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full Bar, Curbside Pick-Up. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days.

  • Pauley's Original Crepe Bar

    www.twitter.com/pauleys

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 134 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-0034 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look: European-inspired eatery that makes for a relaxed spot to eat during the day and a buzzing bar to drink in at night. Menu: Sweet and savory crepes are the focus here, with over two dozen to choose from. Try a hearty meat-filled crepe (Buffalo Chicken, Cordon Bleu, Philly Cheesesteak, Cranberry Turkey) or build your own from a list of ingredients. Most crepe creations can be found on the menu as sandwiches, too. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Peanut Butter Cup (peanut butter, nutella, graham crackers, ice cream). Drinks: Over 150 beers including 28 on tap, with a wide selection of wines as well. Ask how you can become a member of the "Around the World Beer Club" and get your picture posted on the wall.

  • Picante's Mexican Grill

    www.facebook.com/picantesmex

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 151 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-8864 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full Bar, Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. The Look: Downtown eatery with traditional decor. Menu: Mexican and Tex Mex favorites like burritos, tacos, quesadillas and fajitas. Try the Bulldog Burrito (chicken, spinach, mushrooms, cheese, rice and ranchera sauce). Daily specials offer items like a ceviche tostada and chorizo burrito verde. A full bar serves popular Mexican beers and margaritas in various flavors.

  • Porterhouse Grill

    www.porterhouseathens.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 459 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-369-0990 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Reservations, Outside Seating, Live Music, Delivery. Hours: Lunch, Mon.–Fri. Dinner, Mon.–Sat. Sunday Brunch. The Look: Elegant, upscale dining on the edge of downtown. A 60-seat semi-private dining room is an ideal location for meetings, rehearsal dinners or exclusive occasions. Menu: The namesake steak, an 18-oz Porterhouse served with sauteed cremini mushrooms, is an obvious specialty. Other entrees include grilled duck breast with Grand Marnier demi glace and carmelized orange zest, crab-stuffed tilapia with a lemon beurre blanc and sesame barbequed salmon topped with pineapple salsa. Lunch offers eight selections for $8 each. After your meal, indulge in a chocolate ganache tart or slice of seasonal cheesecake. On Sundays, an all-you-can-eat buffet features traditional Southern breakfast food, made-to-order omelets and pancakes, a carving station and three entrees selected by the chefs. Drinks: A full bar with four beers on tap and a long list of wines. Treat yourself with a dessert wine or cognac.

  • The Pub at Gameday

    www.pubatgameday.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 251 W. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-2831 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. The Look: A roomy space with custom woodworking, a granite-topped bar and a large outdoor seating area. Relax on a leather couch to play a board game or watch sports on TV, or try your hand at a round of darts or Wii. Comedy nights are hosted monthly. Drinks: A large selection of scotch, bourbon and over 150 beers, including many craft, high-gravity and seasonal options. Bartenders will gladly whip up a cocktail from the selection of liquors at the full bar.

  • Pulaski Heights BBQ

    www.pulaskiheightsbbq.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 675 Pulaski St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-583-9600 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ, Something Different, Bars. Features: Catering, Outside Seating, Delivery. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. Late Night (Bar), Fri.–Sat. The Look: New restaurant located in the Leathers Building, established by Chuck Ramsey (formerly of Five & Ten). Menu: Plates of pulled pork, ribs, chicken and smoked catfish come with two sides (baked beans, collard greens, smoked cauliflower, stew). Snacks include smoked pecans, housemade pickles, deviled eggs and oysters. Ask about the daily specials. Drinks: A solid list of craft beers, bourbon, American whiskey and wine. Cleverly named cocktails include the Bee Sting (tequila, honey syrup, lemon, jalapeño) and Our Neighbors to the West (Bulleit rye, Cardamaro, Dolin sweet vermouth, Peychaud's).

  • Rafferty's Restaurant & Bar

    www.raffertys.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 15 Huntington Rd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-0045 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full Bar, Catering, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days.

  • The Rail Athens

    www.facebook.com/therailathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1120 Mitchell Bridge Rd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-354-7829 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Bars. Features: Outside Seating, Trivia, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 Days. The Look: A laid-back bar and grill full of pool tables, dart boards, slot machines and big-screen TVs. Trivia contests, dart league nights, pool tournaments and Texas Hold'em Poker are held weekly. Menu: Typical bar food such as burgers, wings, sandwiches, nachos and fries. Drinks: Fifteen beers on draft and a fully stocked bar to appease the pickiest of drinkers.

  • Red Lobster

    www.redlobster.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 1956 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-5376 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full Bar. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days.

  • Redfearn Grille

    www.holidayinnathensga.com/redfearn

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 197 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-4433 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Buffet, Catering. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: This modern dining area located inside the Holiday Inn serves vistors and the public alike. Menu: Stuffed French toast, waffles, biscuit sandwiches and omelets in the morning. For lunch, take a trip to the buffet or choose between locally inspired salads and sandwiches. Evening entrees include a New York strip steak, sun-dried tomato ravioli, fried chicken and balsamic glazed pork chops. Drinks: Full bar offering a good selection of wine and cocktails.

  • The Roadhouse

    www.facebook.com/roadhousedive

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 137 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-2324 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music, Outside Seating. The Look: As one of the oldest watering holes downtown, little has changed since its first day. Posters of popular musicians decorate the heart-of-pine walls and the bar itself was constructed using old church pews. Drinks: Nothing frilly going on behind the bar, with all the usual domestics and imports on hand. Budget-friendly drinks are always flowing, and the bar boasts that it's been "serving hangovers since 1991."

  • The Roof Top by The Branded Butcher

    www.georgiatheatre.com/rooftop.html

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 215 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-7670 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, M.–Sat. The Look: Located on the top of the Georgia Theatre, this rooftop restaurant and bar has a great view of downtown and is open even when the venue isn't; just head up the elevator from the side entrance on Clayton Street. Menu: The venue's neighbor, The Branded Butcher, oversees all foodie options. Grass-fed beef burgers, BBQ (smoked pork shoulder or tofu), house-made bratwursts and cheese dogs, meat and cheese plates, veggie bahn mi sandwiches, tacos and fries. Many dishes use ingredients made in-house, such as the reuben with house-made pastrami and sauerkraut. Drinks: A full bar offers refreshing classic cocktails and several beer choices.

  • The Royal Peasant

    www.royalpeasant.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1675 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-7920 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, Mon.–Sat. Lunch & Dinner, Sun. The Look: Nestled snugly in the Five Points neighborhood, this quaint version of an old English Pub is ideal for sharing a pint with friends or watching a game of "footie" on the high-def "telly." Menu: Traditional British fare with a slight Indian influence. "Peasant Food" (appetizers) like lamb stew and London broil salad and "Royal Food" like bangers & mash, fish & chips, vindaloo curry and seasonal savory pies. Specials such as corned beef and poutine rotate daily. Indulge in a slice of buttermilk pie with blood orange marlmalade or sticky toffee pudding after your meal. Drinks: Over two dozen English and Scottish brews in bottles and another five on draft. International and American craft beers, plus an assortment of wines, scotches and whiskeys, are selectd for their UK flair.

  • Ru San's

    www.rusans-athens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 196 Alps Rd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-552-0488 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full Bar, Reservations, Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: Located in the Beechwood Shopping Center, this spot has a heated outdoor patio, large dining area and casual atmosphere. Menu: An overwhelming selection of 50 original house rolls, 36 specialty rolls and many sashimi and sushi combinations. Dinner entrees feature lobster tempura, plum wine glazed bacon scallops, seaweed wrapped salmon with black bean lime sauce and ahi tuna with macadamia nut pesto, among traditional staples like yakisoba, udon, teriyaki and fried rice. Drinks: Premium cold sakes and cocktails such as the Samurai Sunset (Kobai plum wine, cranberry juice, champagne, lemon) and Sushi Mary (Gekkeikan sake, tomato juice, orange juice and wasabi-soy sauce). Beer and wine, too, including four plum wines.

  • Sakura Steak House

    www.sakuraathens.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 3557 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-0001 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Features: Full Bar. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look: This beautifully crafted restaurant is divided into three distinct sections: a bar, sushi dining area and hibachi grill. A three-dimensional cherry tree, bamboo screens, stone flooring and a curved ceiling punctuated by small star-like holes creates a natural and elegant atmosphere. Menu: An extensive menu of nearly 200 options offering hibachi dinners cooked right at your table, sushi, sashimi, hot pots, yaki udon and teriyaki meals. 16 artistically prepared chef special rolls to choose from such as the Sakura Roll (shrimp tempura, eel, kani, avocado) and the Crazy Dragon Roll (spicy crunchy tuna topped with a whole eel). Lunch offers bento boxes, sushi and hibachi meals served with soup, salad and rice. Drinks: Try a Japanese beer or sake. A fully stocked bar is capable of providing a large variety of cocktails. Wine, too.

  • Sandbar

    www.facebook.com/pages/Sandbar-Athens/121072214573435

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 220 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-1988 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: DJs, Outside Seating. The Look: A beachy scene decorated with palm trees, surf boards, a large shark hanging from the ceiling and a statue of Captain Morgan by the door. A second full bar downstairs hosts dance parties much louder than the laid-back atmosphere above. Drinks: Tropical drinks are key here, with Mudslides, daquiris, pina coladas, Hurricanes, Mojitos and pitchers of margaritas. Intense drinks like the Sandblaster (190-proof shot) and the 32 oz. Blackout Bucket are sure to wipe you out. A few drafts and fair number of bottled beers, too.

  • The Savannah Room

    www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/restaurants

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 1197 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30602. 706-542-6341 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full Bar, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Mon.–Fri. Dinner, Mon.–Sat. The Look: Refined yet relaxed dining in UGA's Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Menu: Get a taste of the South with entrees like seared quail breast with honey pecan bourbon glaze, pecan crusted catfish, butternut squash ravioli and hickory smoked brisket with blueberry BBQ sauce. Each day's lunch features its own special soup, sandwich and three entrees, including one sustainable option locally grown by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

  • Sr. Sol

    www.facebook.com/srsolrestaurants

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2455 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-7112 View Map

    • 175 Tallassee Rd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-1570 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full Bar, Delivery, Catering, Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: The original spot on Tallassee can be found attached to a gas station, and the newer location on Broad is housed in a large stucco building. Menu: Popular choices like burritos, tacos and fajitas alongside harder-to-find items like gorditas, sopes, tostadas, chalupas and tortas. Tacos can be filled with a dozen meats including buche (pork stomach), tripitas (intestines), lengua (tongue), pastor (marinated pork) and barbacoa (beef BBQ). Drinks: Wash down your meal with a margarita or beer, available on draft or in a bottle. Several Mexican beers and lots of tequilas to choose from. Jarritas (Mexican sodas) and aguas frescas (flavored waters), too.

  • Shokitini

    www.shokitini.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 251 W. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-7933 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside Seating, Delivery. Hours: Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look: Posh dining room with a projected big screen behind the sushi bar that creates a contemporary atmosphere. Three sizes of private karaoke rooms upstairs. Menu: An extensive selection of sashimi and sushi, with over 100 options in total. Special rolls include the Shokitini Roll (shrimp, sirloin steak, cucumber and oshinko topped with tuna, salmon, red snapper and avocado) and the Classic City Roll (crab meat, asparagus, avocado and eel sauce topped with shrimp). Hot dishes include udong noodles, lobster tail, filet mignon and sea scallops. Green tea cheesecake, fried oreos and red bean ice cream for dessert. Drinks: A dozen hot and cold sake options including saketini cocktails, plenty of wine and a handful of beers like Asahi, Kirin and Sapporo.

  • Silver Dollar

    www.facebook.com/silverdollarathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 262 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3093 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs, Outside Seating. The Look: Lodge-like decor includes a silver tin ceiling, deer mounts and a mountain landscape mural spanning the wall. A spacious covered outdoor patio with a corner location makes for good people-watching. Drinks: Plenty of cheap domestics, well drinks and daily specials.

  • Speakeasy

    www.speakeasyathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 269 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-5556 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Reservations, Catering. Hours: Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look: Designed as a fusion of modern and traditional Southern decor, this intimate second-floor setting overlooking north campus combines geometric metal sculpture with vintage elements of regional historic homes. Menu: Southern-inspired tapas that change with the seasons. An order of several small plates (risotto with duck confit, sweet and spicy sesame tuna, tenderloin kebobs with chimichurri, raw oysters, coconut shrimp with pineapple salsa) can be great for sharing. For something sweet, request an amaretto brownie, white chocolate fondue, truffles or baked-to-order sugar cookies. Drinks: An extensive wine list for those looking to order by the glass or by the bottle. Decadent cocktails offer unique flavors such as a blackberry margarita, the Tatonka (bison grass vodka, apple juice, lime) and the Triple Chocolate Truffle Martini.

  • Square One Fish Co.

    www.squareonefishco.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 414 Thomas St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-8862 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Reservations, Live Music, Outside Seating, Delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Dinner, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look: A swank, nautical-themed eatery with bar seating, a cozy dining area and a casual outdoor patio located on the eastern edge of downtown. Banquet room available for private parties. Menu: Start out with an order of oysters (raw, steamed, Rockefeller or with pimento cheese butter), soft-shell crabs, conch fritters, frog legs or fried calamari. Popular dinner dishes include sesame seared tuna, whole jerk spiced snapper, snow crab legs and grouper portobello. A fresh catch is available every day and can be prepared grilled, blackened, broiled, sauteed or poached. Land fare, too, for the less adventurous. At brunch you'll find shrimp and grits, smoked salmon pancakes and omelets. Drinks: Wines available by glass, half bottle or full bottle, as well as a handful of specialty cocktails and the usual spread of beers. Try a Dirty Phickletini made with locally canned pickle juice or the Gin Choi (vodka, gin, cucumber, cilantro, lemon, lime and pineapple).  Complimentary "happy-tizers" during the weekday "Don't Worry Be Happy Hour."

  • Stonewall's

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 142 N. Jackson St. Athens, GA 30601. No # specified. View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music/DJs, Outdoor Seating. The Look: New bar named after the Confederate general Stonewall Jackson. Upstairs you'll find an open air patio and a stage where live bands and DJs perform regularly. Drinks: Lone Star beer and shots of Fireball whiskey are the most popular, but there's plenty of other brews and shots to choose from.

  • Sundown Saloon

    www.facebook.com/pages/Sundown-Saloon/320910961293408

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 50 Gaines School Rd. Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-1180 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live Music, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. The Look: The TVs, darts and pool tables at this Eastside watering hole offer plenty of entertainment away from downtown. Weekly events include live music, karaoke and open mic nights. Drinks: Standard selection of domestics and imports. Inexpensive well shots and cocktails make it easy to get buzzed on a budget.

  • Taqueria Del Sol

    www.taqueriadelsol.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 334 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3890 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Full Bar, Catering, Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch, M.–Sat. Dinner, Tu.–Sat. The Look: A gas station converted into a modern and sleek eatery with order-at-the-counter service and a large covered patio. Menu: A simple menu of tacos and enchiladas created with an eclectic Southern influence. Six taco choices include the Memphis Taco (chopped smoked pork, jalapeño coleslaw and tequila BBQ sauce) and the Fried Chicken Taco (white meat, lime-jalapeño mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato). Cheese, brisket, refried bean and roasted chicken enchiladas are served with your choice of beef red chili, pork green chili or lemon cream sauce. Each week rotates a featured taco, blue plate, chef and seafood special. Drinks: Wide variety of tequila and bottled beer selections. Try a West Side Margarita (Herradura Reposado, Patron Citronage) or a Build-Your-Own Margarita.

  • Taqueria La Parrilla

    www.taquerialaparrilla.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1431 Capital Ave. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-9991 View Map

    • 2439 Jefferson Rd. Athens, GA 30607. 706-549-4977 View Map

    • 855 Gaines School Rd. Athens, GA 30605. 706-548-5040 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full Bar (Jefferson Rd. & Gaines School Rd.), Beer & Wine (Watkinsville), Delivery, Catering, Outside Seating. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: Family-friendly Mexican restaurant with festive south-of-the-border decor. Menu: Close to 50 combination meals, including 18 vegetarian options. Plenty of burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, chimichangas, flautas, tamales and tacos. A special low calorie section of the menu features health-conscious dishes. Drinks: Enjoy a margarita or Mexican beer with your meal. Domestics to choose from, too.

  • Ten Pins Tavern

    www.tenpinstavern.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2451 Jefferson Rd. Athens, GA 30607. 706-546-8090 View Map

    File Under: American, Something Different, Bars. Features: Live Music. Hours: Dinner & Late Night, 7 Days. The Look: A bowling alley, bar, restaurant and lounge area all rolled into one. Get in the zone before your game by fueling up with a meal or a drink. Menu: All-American fare like pizza, cheeseburgers, bratwurst, hot dogs and buffalo wings. Fried okra, tater tots, hand-cut fries and pickle chips on the side. Drinks: A full bar has everything from well drinks to top-shelf liquors. Mostly domestic beers, with a couple Terrapins to choose from.

  • The 10 Yard Line

    www.facebook.com/The10YardLine

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 318 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. No # specified. View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating. Drinks: Standard domestics and imports with plenty of wells, shots and bombs.

  • Topper's International Showbar

    www.facebook.com/pages/Toppers-International-Showbar/154731814568293

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 100 N. Jackson St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-0504 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. The Look: Athens' only strip club is finally 21 years old. Late-night spot with exotic dancers onstage and sports on the flat-screen TVs. Multiple pool tables in the back. Male revues and ladies' nights are held often. Drinks: Plenty of inexpensive champagne and domestic beers, plus house shots and cocktails to give big spenders lots of options.

  • Transmetropolitan

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 145 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-8773 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside Seating, Art. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look: Pizzeria with a classy-casual aesthetic. The newly-remodeled downtown location has a comfortable upstairs bar area. Menu: Home of the Hungry Sasquatch, a meat lover's dream loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatballs, ham, bacon and a few veggies. Try a specialty pie or choose from a large selection of pasta bowls, salads, calzones and paninis. A build-your-own option with 40 toppings to choose from is available to customize pizzas, pasta and salad. Drinks: Several beers on draft, including multiple craft beers, and 25+ in bottle. Full selection of wine and a 20+ list of vintage cocktails. Features a bar area separate from the main dining area.

  • Trappeze Pub

    www.trappezepub.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 269 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8997 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Weekend Brunch. The Look: A pub with a warm and refined atmosphere. Menu: Classic pub fare with a fancier twist. Fresh salads, soups and sandwiches with sophisticated flavors like the Double Pig (braised pork, spiced bacon, pickled green beans, paprika-tomato aioli and arugula on a ciabatta) and a quinoa salad with roasted sweet potatoes, walnuts, parsley, dried cranberries and greens. For something lighter, snack on a cheese plate or Asian pork taco with savory plum sauce, red cabbage, pickled carrots and cilantro. Drinks: One of the largest selections of beer around with over 30 rotating beers on tap and more than 200 others in 15 categories (pale ales, barley wines, wheat beers, stouts, lambics, mead). Knowledgable bartenders will happily guide you towards selecting the perfect brew. Plenty of wines to choose from, too.

  • Treppenhaus

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 114 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-355-3060 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. The Look: A two-story draft house inspired by German beer halls and complete with steel and wooden accents, a stained glass skylight and a lounge with fur-lined walls. Drinks: European and American craft beer is the focus here, with 20 on draft and even more in bottles. Order a giant stein full of one the 12 German beers on tap. Classic cocktails like the Ginger Collins, Black Russian and Blue Hawaii. Over a dozen aged scotches, too.

  • Utage Athens Sushi Bar

    www.utageathenssushibar.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 440 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-227-9339 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Reservations, Delivery. Hours: Lunch, Mon.-Fri. Dinner, 7 days. The Look: Take a seat at the sushi bar to watch the chefs prepare rolls at this fine dining spot. Menu: Wide variety of specialty rolls such as the Bulldog Roll (fried white fish, masago, avocado, eel sauce) and Gatorhater Roll (tuna, smoked salmon, eel, cream cheese, fried asparagus). Teriyaki, curry and grilled meat dinner entrees are served with miso soup and salad. Cleanse your palate with a scoop of green tea, red bean or ginger ice cream for dessert. Drinks: Sake, Japanese beers, wine and cocktails. Try a Geisha Girl (rum, orange juice, cranberry juice, melon liqueur) or Singapore Sling (gin, sour mix, grenadine, soda, cherry liqueur).

  • The Volstead

    www.facebook.com/VolsteadAthens

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 351 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-354-5300 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Outside Seating, Catering, Live Music, Delivery, Trivia, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 Days. The Look: A restaurant by day and bar by night, named after the congressman responsible for prohibition, Andrew Volstead. Menu: Classed-up burgers (available with angus beef, turkey or bean patties), sandwiches, salads, fish tacos, wings and other popular pub fare. Drinks: 28 frosted taps provide draft beers on the verge of freezing, and a frozen Shoc-a-Vodka system creates blistering five-degree shots. A unique frost rail that runs the length of the bar keeps your drink icy cold through the night. Plenty of wines and cocktails, too.

  • Walker's Coffee & Pub

    www.facebook.com/walkerspub

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 128 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-1433 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars. Features: Outside Seating, Art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Open 7 days. The Look: An ideal place to study during the day and a social spot to drink at night. The pub offers a spacious interior with large booths and bar seating, an outdoor patio, a covered breezeway and a downstairs nook that hosts weekly karaoke.  Menu: All the essentials are here: locally roasted coffees, teas, blended freeze drinks and juice. For breakfast, grab a pastry, bagel, breakfast burrito or drunken waffle (made with Guinness and chocolate chips). At lunch, several simple sandwiches (ham and cheese, PB&J, hummus) and veggie quesadillas are available. Drinks: Six beers on draft and over 70 in bottles, including many microbrews. Marry the coffee and pub halves with an Irish Coffee or Keoke Coffee.

  • Whiskey Bent

    www.facebook.com/whiskeybentathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 335 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-8899 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: DJs/Live Music, Outside Seating. The Look: Spacious place with a simple, no-frills decor and large wooden booths constructed out of repurposed barrels. Downstairs, which opens for busy nights and private parties, features pool, beer pong, darts and a second full bar. Drinks: Whiskey is the obvious focus here, with over 15 different types on display. You'll find all the familiar faces like Jack Daniel's, Jim Beam and Johnnie Walker. Ask about the bar's special Jack Daniel's "Whiskey Bent" Single Barrel.

  • The World Famous

    www.theworldfamousathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 351 N. Hull St. Athens GA 30601. 706-543-4002 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Live Music/DJs, Art. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look: This cozy, eclectic venue housed in the historic Wilson's building may be new, but it already feels distinctly local through its decor of reclaimed materials, colorful artwork and pinball machines. A listening room and stage can be found through the door to the left. Full service dining during lunch. Menu: Food cart style lineup of Southern snacks like chicken and waffles, hand-dipped corndogs, poutine, tofu lettuce wraps and wings. Drinks: Handmade original cocktails, craft and domestic beer, wines, sake and an array of specialty sodas, teas and coffee. Try a Charlie Brown, Grape Ape or Maple & Mint Toddy.